will pressure washing home kill plantsIf you are planning on pressure washing your new Asheville Home, you have to be able to protect your plants in the process. Bleach is commonly used during the roof washing process to kill moss, algae, and mold with low pressure. When the bleach used on the roof runs off onto the landscape, it can also kill the plants and shrubs too. As resilient as your healthy plants may be, there is no reason to put them at risk of damage from a service like pressure washing. Keep your plants safe so you can beautify your home and still keep your greenery healthy. Here are a few things you can do to protect your plants and shrubs when pressure washing. 

How To Protect Your Plants During Pressure Washing Asheville, NC

  1. Pre-Wet the Plants and Shrubs: Before you begin to pressure wash your house, driveway, or patio, walk through the property and coat all plants and trees with water. The water will help protect the leaves from the potential chemical burns caused by bleach and other cleaning solutions. 
  2. Use Tarps: Smaller plants and shrubs can be protected from pressure washing with tarps.  You can use 8 foot wide 1.5 mils clear plastic to protect plants and shrubs when soft washing. First, be sure the tarp is free from chemicals or debris that could end up being harmful to your plants. Watch them carefully because the plastic can sometimes act like a greenhouse and heat the plants too much. 
  3. Bag Downspouts: You can catch the run-off from the roof by positioning trash bags at downspouts and adhering them with tape. Make plans on how to take care of any wash that comes from the downspout that may contain harsh chemicals. Without a plan, this can directly kill plants or get into the root system and lead to eventual illness and death. 
  4. Use Detergent Instead of Bleach: A detergent-based pressure wash is environmentally friendly than bleach because it is typically diluted to a 10:1 water-to-detergent ratio. Using detergent makes it less harsh on plants; however, be cautious when using detergent because it can leave brown spots on plants. 

Hire a Professional Pressure Washing Company

You have put a lot of effort into your landscaping, and you deserve a home that looks just as good. HydroClean in Asheville offers low-pressure house cleaning, using a biodegradable solution that won’t harm your plants while killing the mold, mildew, and algae from the surfaces of your home. With over 21 years of experience in the pressure washing industry, we make the process as easy as possible for our clients. Contact us today to schedule your pressure washing appointment

Still deciding? Read The Benefits of Hiring Professional Pressure Washers on our blog, for more information.